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March 12, 1945 – June 10, 2014

Lorraine Marion Rautenstrauch, of Cheektowaga, died Tuesday under care at Hospice of Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long illness with cancer. She was 69.

Born Lorraine Marion Hark in Buffalo, she graduated from Kensington High School in 1963. After graduation, she traveled to New York City and took classes from renowned choreographers and directors Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse. Upon her return to Buffalo in 1967, she taught dance at Mullen Sisters School of Dance in Amherst.

In 1986, Mrs. Rautenstrauch opened her own dance studio, Lorraine’s Dance Academy at 2759 Eggert Road in Tonawanda. She remained owner and director of the studio for 15 years.

A member of the National Association of Dance, she was honored with the Affiliated Artists Dance Teacher of the Year award.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Paul A.; two sons, Kevin and Brian; three daughters, Tammy Whiteford, Laura Pastuszynski and Julie Wood; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.